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Thursday, 18 July 1946

Mr MORGAN (REID, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Ex-servicemen who served in New Guinea during World War I. are not eligible for service pensions, because New Guinea was not then declared a theatre of war. A soldier who enlisted for service in Prance, but was sent, to New Guinea, where he served for nearly two years, is now 55 years of age, and on account of ill health cannot continue in his employment. He has been informed by the Repatriation Commission that he is not eligible for a service pen-, sion, on the ground that I have stated. Will the Minister for Repatriation give sympathetic consideration to the advisability of amending the Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Act, so as to remove this anomaly and- entitle to a service pen-' sion men who in World War I. suffered in New Guinea the rigours of the jungle and a tropical climate?

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